I'm feeling a bit more chipper this morning; my cold is lifting and I got more sleep. My wife has been an absolute rock -- supportive and loving even as she copes with her own grief over losing a father-in-law she loved and a chinchilla that was very, very close to her heart.
I'm not ready for a truly thoughtful post, but want to put up some "notes and links".
Chris Clarke's posts always make me tear up. That's a tribute to his talent and his vision, and to my sentimentality.
One of the best commentaries I've read on what is going on with the Episcopal Church, women and demographics comes from Lynn; it's long but worth the read.
A good post from Jeff about feminist men and friendship Key excerpt:
...if any of what my situation shows me applies to other feminist men, then I would hazard a guess that many feminist men are lonely for the company of other feminists, in general, and of other feminist men in particular.
And I've received a couple of e-mails to let me know that I am the recipient of a dubious honor at Rate My Professors. Perhaps I ought not even provide the link, but I might be excused a little narcissism (even unmerited) in my current state! One thing is clear from looking at this list: Canadians are hotter.
Oh, and a rant:
I admit I go to Starbucks regularly -- one opened last year just off campus. I always get the same thing: "venti drip, no room." Yet I always end up in line behind my students who are ordering expensive sugary things with impossibly long names. I note that many of my colleagues go to Starbucks as well; invariably, they all order simple drip coffees. It's as if there's a clear age demarcation: those under 25 can't take their coffee without all sorts of expensive, time-consuming, calorie-laden additives; those of us who were raised on java before the days of Starbucks are quite happy just to have something good, strong, and hot. I just wish, oh how I wish, that Starbucks would add an "express lane" for those of us who just want our bloody coffee without added sweetness or ceremony or expense!